‘Fu­ri­ous 7’ to stay on top

The film is likely to beat new­com­ers ‘Age of Adaline’ and ‘Lit­tle Boy’ in slow week­end.

Los Angeles Times - - COMPANY TOWN - By Saba Hamedy saba.hamedy@la­times.com

“Fu­ri­ous 7” is ex­pected to speed past new­com­ers at the do­mes­tic box of­fice as it heads into its fourth week­end.

The Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures fran­chise film prob­a­bly will stay on top of the box of­fice dur­ing an an­tic­i­pated slower week­end, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple familiar with pre-re­lease au­di­ence sur­veys.

New­com­ers “The Age of Adaline” and “Lit­tle Boy” are ex­pected to have softer launches, open­ing with up to $15 mil­lion and $3 mil­lion, re­spec­tively.

Di­rected by James Wan, “Fu­ri­ous 7” cost Uni­ver­sal about $190 mil­lion to make. It takes the en­sem­ble cast (in­clud­ing Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Chris “Lu­dacris” Bridges, Ja­son Statham, Dwayne John­son and Michelle Ro­driguez) from Lon­don to Los An­ge­les, Tokyo, the Do­mini­can Repub­lic and Abu Dhabi.

The film has con­tin­ued its mo­men­tum thanks to pos­i­tive re­views (an A grade from au­di­ence polling firm Cine­maS­core) and ded­i­cated fans who went to see the movie mul­ti­ple times.

Lion­s­gate’s “The Age of Adaline” will com­pete for sec­ond with last week­end’s No. 2 film “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.”

Di­rected by Lee Toland Krieger, “Age of Adaline” fol­lows a woman named Adaline (Blake Lively) who has re­mained 29 for eight decades. It costars Har­ri­son Ford, Michiel Huis­man, Kathy Baker and Amanda Crew.

The film, which cost $30 mil­lion to make, marks Lively’s re­turn to the big screen af­ter the 2012 film “Savages.”

Mean­while, “Lit­tle Boy,” re­leased by Open Road Films, is tar­get­ing faith­based movie­go­ers and fam­ily au­di­ences. The PG-13rated film, be­ing re­leased on roughly 1,000 screens, fol­lows a child in the 1940s who is try­ing to bring his fa­ther home from the war. It stars Kevin James (who is also on theater screens for his comedic role as Paul Blart), David Hen­rie (from Dis­ney’s “Wiz­ards of Waverly Place”), Michael Rapaport, Emily Wat­son and Ben Chap­lin.

It cost about $20 mil­lion to make. In the past, Chris­tian movie­go­ers have flocked to re­li­gious dra­mas such as “God’s Not Dead” and “Noah,” which found suc­cess at the do­mes­tic box of­fice in 2014.

How­ever, faith-based drama “Do You Be­lieve?” had trou­ble drawing movie­go­ers this year. The Pure Flix film has made a lit­tle more than $12 mil­lion since its mid-March re­lease.

“Un­friended,” Uni­ver­sal’s lat­est mi­cro-bud­get col­lab­o­ra­tion with Blum­house Pro­duc­tions, is likely to stay in the top five.

Though this week­end is ex­pected to be slower at the box of­fice, movie­go­ers and the in­dus­try are gear­ing up for next week­end when “Avengers: Age of Ul­tron” is ex­pected to draw more than $200 mil­lion in its de­but.

The se­quel to the 2012 Marvel film brings back su­per­heroes Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Hulk (Mark Ruf­falo), Cap­tain Amer­ica (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scar­lett Jo­hans­son) and Hawk­eye (Jeremy Ren­ner).

Dis­ney re­ported Thurs­day that the su­per­hero film col­lected $9.5 mil­lion on its first day in re­lease in 11 in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

Diyah Pera Lion­s­gate

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stars in “The Age of Adaline,” a film about a woman who has re­mained 29 for eight decades.

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